Lenny: America IRL - A Night of Live Readings, Poetry, and Music (Chicago)
Lena Dunham, Chloe Caldwell, Katie Crutchfield, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Charla Lauriston, Morgan Murphy, Jacqueline Novak, Sasheer Zamata, Jenny Zhang
Fri. Jun 2
This event is all ages
Lena Dunham has canceled the tour due to personal medical reasons. "I'm truly heartbroken not to be joining you and I can't wait to return to your city when my health allows it. Thank you for your faith and support! All my love, Lena". Click here to read the note Lena sent out regarding the cancellation in today's Lenny.
Lenny: America In Real Life
During these divided and painful times, we want to bring laughter, poetry, passion, and community to you and your friends. We want our Lennys to meet in rooms big and small-ish and to connect over their shared beliefs (equality), passions (GIFs of Beyoncé smelling a lemon), and fears (seafood is Lena's big one). We want to make the gorgeous sisterhood that Lenny has become into a living, breathing organism—and we want to give you a night out you won't soon forget. Lenny is on the web at www.lennyletter.com
Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, and director. She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and has won two Golden Globes, including Best Actress for her work on Girls. In 2010, she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for her feature “Tiny Furniture,” which she also starred in and directed. Lena is also the co-founder of the media brand Lenny, home of the weekly online feminist newsletter LennyLetter.com.
Chloe Caldwell is the author of the novella Women (SF/LD 2014) and the essay collections I'll Tell You in Person (Coffee House/Emily Books) and Legs Get Led Astray (SF/LD 2017). She teaches creative nonfiction at Catapult in NYC and lives in Hudson, NY.
Katie Crutchfield is a singer-songwriter who has been performing as "Waxahatchee" since 2010. Waxahatchee's 4th album "Out in the Storm" is out on July 14 on Merge Records.
Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, Elle.com, Buzzfeed, the Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is a contributing writer for LENNY Letter. She is also a connoisseur of the more embarrassing British reality shows on YouTube.
Charla Lauriston is a stand-up comedian, television writer, and the creator of the critically acclaimed original series, Clench & Release. She's written for Comedy Central's Why? with Hannibal Buress, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Tina Fey produced Netflix comedy, and currently for TBS's People of Earth. She’s performed at the New York Comedy Festival, the She-Devil Festival, the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and has been listed as one of 8 Black Women Ready for SNL by Essence Magazine. She was Joke of the Week in TimeOut New York, and has been featured on MTV and Funny or Die.
Morgan has recently written for the CBS comedy, “2 Broke Girls” and appeared in the films “Sleeping Dogs Lie” and “World’s Greatest Dad.” Previously, she performed standup and wrote for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” where she was part of the original writing staff and received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing. Morgan released her critically acclaimed stand up special “Irish Goodbye” in 2014.
Jacqueline Novak is a NY based comedian and author who made her TV debut on the Late Late show with James Corden in 2015. This past June she shot a half hour comedy special for Comedy Central which is currently available to stream. Her first book “How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows” was released in 2016 by Crown Publishing. Her second book “Weddiculous” which she co-wrote with Jamie Lee was released earlier this year by HarperCollins.
Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress, writer and current cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." She has appeared on TBS's "People of Earth," Amazon's "Transparent," Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," Netflix's "Bojack Horseman," SeeSo's "Night Train with Wyatt Cenac," voiced the role of Maisie in Nickelodeon's "Albert" and Sally in "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare," and appears in the features "Yoga Hosers," "Sleight," and "Deidra & Laney Rob a Train" on Netflix. She also serves as ACLU's Celebrity Ambassador for Women's Rights. Her one-hour standup comedy special, "Pizza Mind," is available to watch on Seeso.
Jenny Zhang is a poet and writer based in New York. She is the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find and the forthcoming short story collection Sour Heart, the debut book to be published under the Lenny imprint.